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Melodie Und Rhythmus
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CD

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OKKA 024CD OKKA 024CD
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Georg Gräwe (piano), Frank Gratkowski (as, cl), Kent Kessler (b), Hamid Drake (drums). "Supremely inventive German pianist Georg Gräwe (pronounced gray-vuh) takes his music down a brave new path. Inspired by the hot free-music scene in Chicago, Gräwe -- who now spends part of the year in the Windy City -- recruited gutsy bassist Kent Kessler and master drummer Hamid Drake, both key figures on the Chicago front, and reed player Frank Gratkowski, a frequent sparring-partner from Cologne. Gräwe assembled the group intuitively, eager to work with the Kessler/Drake rhythm machine -- two-thirds of the massively creative DKV Trio -- and confident that the four-way chemistry would click. Little did he know how explosive and dynamic the results would be. While Melodie Und Rhythmus retains the harmonic sophistication and dazzling linearity that has distinguished Gräwe's music in the past, this group allows him to explore vastly different territory from the turf he covers in his celebrated free trio with Gerry Hemingway and Ernst Rejiseger or in his chamber ensemble works. Direct jazz harmonies, intricate polyrhythms, blazing free blowing, and snippets of straight time - prepare to have your preconceptions thoroughly discombobulated!"